Hal Hammer, Jr.

PLYMOUTH 71

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Hal Hammer, Jr.
@hal-hammer-jr   11 years ago
This photo was taken at Lake Hill Speedway, in Valley Park, Missouri. I had just won the "Firecracker 100" feature race on the 4th of July. During the race, the throttle linkage popped off and I coasted around the inside lane, reaching under the dash to fix it. I was 4 laps down by the time I got it back on. In those days, if the track wasn't blocked, they did not throw a coution. I made up the 4 laps and finished 2 laps ahead of the 2nd place car. I really love short track racin'. Always did . . . Always will!
Pete Banchoff
@pete-banchoff   11 years ago
Real nice picture, Hal. I love seeing the old stock cars.Pete in Michigan
Hal Hammer, Jr.
@hal-hammer-jr   11 years ago
Thanks, Pete. I ran a bunch of old Mopars, back in the day. I even ran a short track car with power steering and auto trans. Everyone laughed - at first. When I won several races in a row, they stopped laughing. Of course, NASCAR has been using power steering for quite some time now, but back then, it hadn't yet been done, as far as any of us knew. Sig Erson used to grind experimental cams for us. We had some really wild stuff. I had a big bore, short stroke Mopar low "B" block 350 cubic inch motor that would hit 7800 rpm in the back straight, with hydraulics! Those were the days. Tech inspection consisted of having a seat belt and all 4 wheels touched the ground. We heard there was a rule book but most of us had never seen it.
Shane Honea
@shane-honea   10 years ago
Gotta love the old school Furies.
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